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Joanne

MONTGOMERY, MN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated By John C. Brown
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Which president had feet bigger than his ego? Which barked like a seal? Which joked about dating mummies? Kathleen Krull uses fun and quirky facts to bring to light the human side of the 42 U.S. presidents in this "deliciously gossipy" biography.

    Joanne says: "Who Knew?!?!"
    "Who Knew?!?!"
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    Where does Lives of the Presidents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the middle books. I love history and this absolutely covers it, but not the serious side of it. It was a nice break away from some of the more heavy books I have read.


    What other book might you compare Lives of the Presidents to and why?

    I think the books by Vowel might be good because of the way she mixes in humor and the real story about history and what happened.


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  • Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Dunn
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality), and divinely ordained kingship.

    Catharina says: "Fantastic book"
    "Great Book, Lots of History"
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    What did you love best about Elizabeth and Mary?

    I really enjoyed the way the writer took the time to explain all the ways one life affected the other. How she could make you both feel frustrated with both women and sympathic at the same time. How the way the life and times they lived in affected the end result.

    I loved how she compare the two women and how each one had their strengths and obvious weakness'.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definately has to be Elizabeth I. For all her attempts to side step and save Mary Queen of Scots, there was no way out.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No Way Out!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Simon Wiesenthal
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the SS. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to - and obtain absolution from - a Jew. Faced with the choice between compassion and justice, silence and truth, Wiesenthal said nothing.

    Joanne says: "FABULOUS"
    "FABULOUS"
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    Would you listen to The Sunflower again? Why?

    I would listen to this book over and over. The fact is when you listen to the story and then the different responses from others, you can do nothing else but wonder what the right answer is, or IF there is a right answer.


    What about Robertson Dean and Laural Merlington ’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated the way the different narrators were used. It helped to bring you into a different mood and prepare you for a different point of view with each letter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book was extremely moving because to forces you to think through what it is you believe you would have done, and question it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Narration, Great Historical Account"
    "Very detailed!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very good history of the wives of Henry. I was a little concerned in the beginning because it seemed to focus so much on Catherine of Aragon, but it makes sense as the story continues. Catherine was such a big part of Henry's life and really set the standard on how he moved forward with his other wives, how could the author not give her more time. I really appreciate the fact that the author actually takes the time to mention where the information is coming from and, when appropriate, warns the listener if it is from a dubious source or not. Not much comes from those dubious sources, but when that information is included, so is the warning!


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the say Simon Prebble presented this book. He does not change tones much but is able to convey the story in a strong, proud way without judgment in his voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have been able to just sit around all day and listen to this book. However, I have 3 children and a fulltime job so THAT was not happening! However the fact is I completely enjoyed my driving time (1.5 hours round trip daily)!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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